The Homemade Pet Food Revolution

By Dr. Ken Tudor

More and more pet owners are choosing to feed their dogs the same quality food they eat, and with good reason. The massive pet food recall due to melamine contamination in 2007 caused many pet owners to question the quality of commercial pet food. Smaller, yet constant, recalls still fill pages on the FDA recall website and create doubt that the quality of commercial food has improved since then. Realization that pet food is made from agricultural scraps from the meat, grain and food processing industries has led others to consider the homemade alternative for their pets. And other pet owners are drawn to homemade for pets after experiencing dramatic results for themselves with healthier dietary choices. And still more enjoy the flexibility to choose organic, free-range, preservative free and environmentally friendly choices not available with commercial pet food.

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On The Hoof

Celebrate National Day of the Horse

In 2004, Congress recognized the Official National Day of the Horse as December 13. This year marks the 10th official celebration of horses and the equine industry throughout the U.S
Some interesting horse facts:

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Open Arms Rescue

Giving dogs a new start at a happy life

Open Arms Rescue is a non-profit dog rescue focusing on dogs in high kill shelters across Southern California that are in need of medical attention or have run out of time and would otherwise be put to sleep. They strive to keep these loving pets alive.

They also focus on Mexico where the number of suffering dogs is frightening. These dogs are typically starving and they provide medical treatment and then place them into foster homes. Being located close to the Mexican border, they travel to Baja at least three times a month on rescue missions.

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Paws for Thought

Helping Animals in Need

MEET LUIGI. His owner moved away and abandoned Luigi outdoors to fend for himself. Kindly neighbors, who were feeding him, noticed that he was always squinting. Luigi suffered from entropion, a condition in which a portion of the eyelid is inverted or folded inward against the cornea. Eyelashes constantly rubbed his eyes so that it hurt to open them. If not corrected, the damage to the cornea could eventually leave him blind. The neighbors called East County Animal Rescue (ECAR), a grassroots network of volunteers who are passionate about helping animals in need within the San Diego community.

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Teaching a Not-So-Old Dog an Important Lesson

When I made the decision to start my own pet care business, I knew that my work would encompass activities other than dog walking, pet sitting and in-home visits. Given my extensive background in corporate education and adult learning, it is also important that my business be a credible informational resource for pet parents.

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Building Your Own Koi Pond

You have been eyeing that empty corner of your yard for years thinking how beautiful it would look with a pond full of "living jewels," or Koi fish, aquatic plants, streams and waterfalls. Though the project is easy to do, proper planning and construction require effort and concentration. First, join a Koi club and go visit other ponds, learn and get an idea of what you want to create, and then begin to plan your own dream.

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Meet Lori and Bill Walton with Loma and Shasta

Lori and Bill Walton are known throughout San Diego; Lori as a community leader and philanthropist and Bill as a Hall of Fame basketball player. They both love our community very much; the city, its people and its pets. a pet's life magazine sat with them at their lovely home near Balboa Park and got to meet them, their two lovely and playful dogs and their cat, Charcoal.

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Canine Companions for Independence hosted emBARKadero a 4K Run, Walk, Roll, and Wag event. All proceeds benefitted Canine Companions, a non-profit organization that provides assistance dogs and ongoing support for people with disabilities. The agility dogs were amazing!

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Pug Super Heroes

Pug Rescue San Diego County called on all pugs to join them for their annual Pug Party. This year's theme called for all Pug Super Heroes to fly into the fairgrounds and amaze everyone with their super powers. All proceeds help the all-volunteer organization help pay for medical and surgical costs for Pugs that come into their care, for foster care expenses and to help place them in their forever home. The day was filled with vendors, raffles, amazing boutique, contests, adoptions booth, membership and so much more. See you next Pug year, same Pug venue!

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